Detailed Instructions for Deodorizing a Mattress After Being Stained by Throw Up

2023-01-12 00:03:37 - Patrick Gruce Patrick Gruce is a seasoned journalist with over a decade of experience in the tech and media industries, offering unique insights on the intersection of technology, media, and legal/regulatory issues through his background in journalism and law.

We've all been there. The two of us have been sick enough to wake up in the wee hours of the night, but we've never had enough time to get ready for the day. We don't care if this happened because you were sick or had too much to drink; what we do care about is that it has happened to you or someone you know. It's possible that person was one of your kids or pets, since accidents like that happen to them, too. Mattresses, unlike sheets and blankets, cannot be washed in a washing machine. The next horrifying thought is, "How do I get this vomit out of my mattress?" When will it be clean again What can I do to get rid of this abominable odor?

Someone needs to clean up this mess, and fast.

Mattresses like the YogaBed and the Novosbed have covers that can be removed and washed in a washing machine if this is something you deal with frequently. However, we still have you covered if your mattress does not have a removable cover that can be washed in the washing machine. We'll show you exactly what to do to clean up a puke stain on your bed, disinfect it, and get rid of the stench and the smell.

Materials Required:

  • Rags or paper towels
  • A disposable paper plate or bowl
  • Gentle cleaning agent
  • Vinegar, white
  • Alcohol for rubbing
  • Salicylic acid
  • Rubber gloves, a mask, essential oils, a hair dryer, or a floor fan are all recommended, but optional.

Clean Up After Throwing Up On A Mattress:

Scoop out the bile Pick up the vomit on the bed with something like a paper plate or bowl. Wrap it up in a trash bag and dispose of it in the open air. You could also use a dustpan and then flush the contents of the pan down the toilet. Take care to clean the dustpan after use. To avoid having the unpleasant odor linger in your home, you should act quickly. Put on gloves if you must, and wash your hands thoroughly when you're done.

Purge the bed linens Get everything off your bed and into the washer. Everything, even if there was no vomit on it. Various types of linens such as sheets, comforters, blankets, and pillowcases are included. This is because you need to eliminate any lingering odor and safeguard against spreading illness throughout the rest of the bed. In order to reduce the likelihood of germs surviving through the washing process, set the washer to a very hot temperature.

Remove any traces of liquid. Take a paper towel or rag and dab the spot. Scrubbing can cause more damage by working the remaining liquid and germs into the mattress's fibers.

how to clean vomit mattress bed Use a white sponge to avoid color transfer and avoid our blunder.

Purge it Combine some mild detergent with hot water and put it in a container. In order to clean a specific area, you should take a new paper towel or rag (not the one you just used, that's gross) and dab it with the soapy water. After that, in a separate jar, combine white vinegar with water at a ratio of 1:3. Apply the vinegar solution to the mattress again and blot the area. The smell and stains will be less noticeable after this has been applied, and the area will also be disinfected. When the solution dries, the odor should go away. Be careful not to oversaturate the foam in your mattress with the cleaning solution. All you have to do is spray the area until it's damp. Wait for it to dry, and then do it again if necessary. An electric fan or blow dryer can speed up the drying process.

If you want even more of a punch, mix a teaspoon of non-moisturizing liquid dish soap with your water and white vinegar.

Disinfect In order to eliminate any remaining germs, a light spray of rubbing alcohol can be used to disinfect the mattress. Again, you don't want to overdo it, because you don't want a powerful odor. Spray a mixture of rubbing alcohol and essential oils on the area if you're really worried. Sleep on the mattress after airing it out with a fan and a window open. Give it 6-8 hours to be on the safe side. You should also consider keeping kids and pets off the bed until the rubbing alcohol has dried.

Nearly spotless once more

The lingering odor must be eliminated. If any lingering odors persist, a sprinkle of baking soda should do the trick. Your mattress pad, protector, sheets, and other bed linens can be replaced on the bed at this point.

We're getting there! Using the hose attachment, vacuum up the baking soda before washing the sheets (in about a week). Your bed should feel and look brand new.

Pro Tip A lot of people get queasy just from being near vomit, so if that describes you, chewing gum or rubbing vapor rub under your nose can help. It could also be beneficial to wear a mask.

You can also think about investing in a mattress protector to safeguard your bed from accidents like puking, urinating, or bleeding. You can find some inexpensive options that ought to do the trick on Amazon. Preparation is the key to success.

Taking Care of Your Memory Foam Mattress

The good news (if there is such a thing when cleaning vomit) is that cleaning vomit from a memory foam mattress requires essentially the same tools as cleaning vomit from a traditional mattress. The good news is that a memory foam mattress can be cleaned in much the same way as a traditional mattress.  

Take out the trash after the voluminous vomiting Even though it's the first thing that comes to mind, we must clean up the vomit on the bed. Put on some protective clothing, grab a paper plate or bowl, and take the vomit outside to dispose of it in a trash can. While it may be more convenient to use a dustpan and then flush the contents of the pan down the toilet, keep in mind that you will then need to disinfect the dustpan.

Clean the bed linens We must now remove all bed linens from the mattress and place them in the washing machine. To avoid unpleasant odors and the spread of germs, we advise washing all bedding, even if you can't see any evidence of vomit on it. Bedding should be washed in hot water to help kill germs; this may require multiple loads.  

Empty the remaining liquid and clean the area. Due to memory foam's propensity to absorb liquids (be they vomit or cleaner), the following steps are crucial for these beds. To remove any remaining vomit liquid, dab the area with an old rag or paper towel (do not scrub). It's best to dab at the foam gently rather than pressing down on it or twisting it to squeeze out the liquid.

Sweep it up Gather a fresh cloth and some vinegar to finish cleaning up. Do not spray the solution directly onto the memory foam mattress, as doing so could damage the mattress. Don't soak the mattress; instead, lightly spray your rag and blot the surface. The areas that have been blotted should be damp, but not drenched.  

Disinfect Apply alcohol and wait 6-8 hours for it to dry.

Mattress drying To prevent the memory foam from soaking up the cleaning solution, simply hold a blow dryer over the top of the mattress while cleaning. Bedding should be dry before being reapplied to the mattress, and a fan can help with that. To get rid of any lingering smell, If you're worried about smells lingering after washing the sheets, sprinkle baking soda on the mattress and then vacuum it up a week later.

Dog or cat puke can be cleaned up using the same techniques as other forms of animal waste.

Whether your furry friend ate too much or has a small stomach bug (poor thing), there is one thing you'll want to do differently if they throw up. You can find a cleaning product like Simple Solution, designed specifically for pet waste, at any pet store or at large commercial outlets like Walmart or Target. After ten minutes, after you've removed the animal's vomit from the floor with a paper plate or bowl, you can use it. The next step is to use paper towels to soak up as much of the remaining moisture as possible before continuing with the procedures we outlined above.

Nearly seventy-one percent of U.S. adults let their pets sleep in bed with them, per a survey by mattress manufacturer Novosbed. Owners of domesticated animals, such as dogs and cats, have a greater degree of cleaning concern as a result. There is a 71% chance that you will find pet urine on your mattress if you are one of the people who allow their pet to sleep in bed with them. Here are some precautions to take to keep you safe while you're in bed:  

  • Symptoms of illness - Before letting your pet hop on the bed, they may show you some warning signs. Social withdrawal, lethargy, excessive panting, and aggression are all signs that your dog or cat may not be feeling well. Not eating normally or having regular bathroom habits are also warning signs of illness.  
  • Feeding windows should be optimized, especially if your pet suffers from a frequently upset stomach. Predicting your pet's eating and elimination habits is easier if you feed it on a regular schedule. If you feed and take your pet out to use the bathroom a few hours before bed, for instance, you can reduce the likelihood of accidents on the bed.  
  • Evaluate your pet's condition before letting it back on the bed. If the person's symptoms of illness persist, it's best to hold off on sending them back to work until they've passed. When your dog's eating and behavior patterns return to normal, this is a good sign. Another indicator that your pet may be ready to return to bed is the absence of house accidents despite the presence of illness symptoms.

Preserving the Condition of Your Mattress

You should think about using a mattress protector, which is a great safety measure to take. A mattress protector's primary function is to prevent stains from reaching the mattress in the first place. You can simply toss the mattress protector in the washing machine and dryer if your pet has an accident on it, unlike the actual mattress, which can be difficult to clean. A mattress protector serves two purposes: it keeps your mattress clean and it adds years to the life of your mattress.


  • The protector completely encases (or zips around) your mattress, shielding it from both the top and the bottom. In many cases, a zipper is used to close the protector.
  • A common type of protector, the fitted variety is designed to fit snugly over the mattress just like a sheet.
  • This protector has elastic straps that wrap around the four corners of your mattress, keeping it in place while you sleep. The protector can be secured to the bed with this.


Fabrics like cotton, polyester, polyurethane, vinyl, and even down can be found in mattress protectors. Mattress protectors can be made from a single material or a combination of materials. As an added note, some mattress protectors only have one layer, while others have two. If you have pets, however, vinyl or polyurethane may be your best bet due to their watertight construction. Here are the benefits and drawbacks of each option:

  • Cotton - The cotton plant produces fibers that are completely natural and chemical free. Cotton is hypoallergenic and breathable, making it an excellent material for mattress covers, especially for those who tend to sleep hot. Cotton is more expensive and wears out and shrinks more quickly than other materials.  
  • Polyester is a practical fabric choice because its fibers resist stains and wrinkles and don't weigh much. It's long lasting, but it doesn't feel as soft as cotton and it can cling to damp skin.  
  • For those of us who reside in chilly or arid regions, down is the material of choice. Along with being lightweight, durable, and breathable, down is a convenient material to work with. It's not the simplest thing to maintain, as it needs unique attention whenever it's dirty. Down is not hypoallergenic, and it's more expensive than synthetics.  
  • Vinyl - Vinyl is remarkably durable, lasting for a long time despite frequent use. Moreover, it is stain-resistant and requires little effort to maintain. Some vinyl brands, however, are very low-quality and can give off a cheap appearance, so it's important to investigate your options.  
  • Polyurethane—Just like vinyl, polyurethane is extremely durable and stain-proof. One major drawback of polyurethane is that its quality degrades quickly as it ages.
Encasement Fitted Elastic Coverage Total protection Both the top and the sides Top Comfort Adds little to no convenience in most cases. The most convenient because it fits like a sheet Naturally breathable, cotton fabrics are the norm. Comfortable and breathable; constructed from durable silicone elastic.   Protection  Normally impervious to moisture Provides full safety Usually impervious to water and other liquids Used to keep the top of the mattress clean and dry, but does not cover the sides or the corners.

Safety Measures for Nausea and Throwing Up

There are several options for alleviating nausea and avoiding vomiting if you're experiencing it. However, there are times when these methods don't seem to help. Get medical attention if that occurs. Here are some ways to keep your stomach in place and avoid getting sick all over your bed.  

  • If you're experiencing stomach pain, try drinking lots of cold, clear fluids like water. In addition, the cold can help put your stomach to sleep, so drinking cold fluids or eating ice can help with nausea and stomach pain.  
  • Keep your diet simple and light. Ingestion of foreign substances is a common source of stomach distress. Try eating some plain bread or chicken and rice to calm your stomach.  
  • Stay away from sugary and greasy foods if you're feeling queasy. Eating fatty, sugary, or fried foods can make your condition worse.  
  • Eat slowly, and begin with smaller portions, so that you can monitor how full you feel as food enters your system. Bloating is often the result of eating too quickly, which allows more air into the stomach.
  • To keep your digestive system from being thrown off, it's best to stick to a mostly bland diet and avoid any extremes, such as eating something cold with something hot.  
  • Don't guzzle your liquids; instead, take it easy for a while to get a sense of how your stomach is reacting and whether or not the nausea is subsiding.
  • It's best to wait at least a couple of hours after eating before engaging in any kind of moderate to intense activity. If your stomach is upset and you're feeling sick, don't overdo it with the exercise.
  • If you are feeling nauseous, you should probably wait a while before brushing your teeth. As a result, after eating, you should wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth.
  • Eat what you're used to if you're experiencing stomach trouble. Sticking to what you know and are used to eating can help you get the nutrients you need, help you relax before bed, and keep your stomach feeling stable.

Concluding Remarks

Your mattress could be soiled with puke for a number of reasons. The process of removing vomit from a mattress can be simplified greatly with the help of a machine-washable mattress cover. However, if you don't have a cover that can be washed, you can still clean up vomit with some mild detergent, white vinegar, rubbing alcohol, baking soda, and a lot of paper towels. To remove vomit from a mattress, one must first clean the mattress itself, then wash all of the sheets and bedding that were on it, then dab the area where the vomit had been. Investing in a mattress protector, especially if you have a dog or cat, may prevent you from having to clean your mattress in the future.

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